The Union Ministry of Water Resources on 29 December 2016 announced a roadmap for early completion of Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP).
Highlights of Roadmap
• The roadmap is aimed at early completion of 99 identified projects under PMKSY and AIBP.
• Out of these 99 projects, 23 projects were categorised as Priority-I projects which will be completed by April 2017.
• Another 31 projects were identified as Priority-II projects which will be completed by April 2018.
• The remaining 45 projects were classified as Priority-III projects which will be completed by December 2019.
• Out of the 99 AIBP projects, Maharashtra has 26 projects. While Andhra Pradesh has eight projects, Gujarat has only one project.
• Seven projects of Maharashtra are - Waghur, Bawanthadi (IS), Lower Dudhna, Tillari, Lower Wardha, Lower Panzara and Nandur Madhmeshwar. They are in priority-I category. The remaining 19 projects of the State are under the priority-II category.
• In Andhra Pradesh, all the eight projects are in priority –II category. The projects are Gundlakamma, Tadipudi LIS, Thotapally, Tarakaram Teerta Sagaram, Musurumilli, Pushkara LIS, Yerracalva and Maddigedda.
• The lone project in Gujarat is Sardar Sarovar which is in priority-III category. The project is likely to be completed by 2018.
• Total funds required for completion of all the 99 identified projects have been estimated at Rs.77595 crore.
• Likely potential utilisation through these projects is estimated to be 76.03 lakh hectares.
About Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
• The scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet in July 2015 with an outlay of Rs 50000 crore.
• Its primary objective is to improve convergence among existing water harvesting schemes in order to improve water usage efficiency.
• It is implemented over a five-year period till April 2020.
About Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme
• The scheme was launched by the Union Government in 1996-97 to provide Central Loan Assistance (CLA) to states for executing irrigation projects.
• The primary objective of the programme is to accelerate the implementation of major and medium irrigation projects which were beyond resource capability of the states or were in advanced stage of completion.
When: 29 December 2016